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Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics (10)
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Publications Authored By Nan Li

In real-world classification tasks, it is difficult to collect samples of all possible categories of the environment in the training stage. Therefore, the classifier should be prepared for unseen classes. When an instance of an unseen class appears in the prediction stage, a robust classifier should have the ability to tell it is unseen, instead of classifying it to be any known category. Read More

Gravitational lensing directly probes the underlying mass distribution of lensing systems, the high redshift universe, and cosmological models. The advent of large scale surveys such as the Large Synoptic Sky Telescope (LSST) and Euclid has prompted a need for automatic and efficient identification of strong lensing systems. We present (1) a strong lensing identification pipeline, and (2) a mock LSST dataset with strong galaxy-galaxy lenses. Read More

Given a polynomial system f associated with a simple multiple zero x of multiplicity {\mu}, we give a computable lower bound on the minimal distance between the simple multiple zero x and other zeros of f. If x is only given with limited accuracy, we propose a numerical criterion that f is certified to have {\mu} zeros (counting multiplicities) in a small ball around x. Furthermore, for simple double zeros and simple triple zeros whose Jacobian is of normalized form, we define modified Newton iterations and prove the quantified quadratic convergence when the starting point is close to the exact simple multiple zero. Read More

Sometimes the early star formation can be found in cold and dense molecular clouds, such as infrared dark cloud (IRDC). Considering star formation often occurs in clustered condition, HII regions may be triggering a new generation of star formation, so we can search for initial stage of massive star formation around HII regions. Based on that above, this work is to introduce one method of how to search for initial stage of massive star formation around HII regions. Read More

Galaxy-scale strong gravitational lensing is not only a valuable probe of the dark matter distribution of massive galaxies, but can also provide valuable cosmological constraints, either by studying the population of strong lenses or by measuring time delays in lensed quasars. Due to the rarity of galaxy-scale strongly lensed systems, fast and reliable automated lens finding methods will be essential in the era of large surveys such as LSST, Euclid, and WFIRST. To tackle this challenge, we introduce CMU DeepLens, a new fully automated galaxy-galaxy lens finding method based on Deep Learning. Read More

Naturalness of warping is gaining extensive attention in image stitching. Recent warps such as SPHP, AANAP and GSP, use a global similarity to effectively mitigate projective distortion (which enlarges regions), however, they necessarily bring in perspective distortion (which generates inconsistency). In this paper, we propose a quasi-homography warp, which balances perspective distortion against projective distortion in the non-overlapping region, to create natural-looking mosaics. Read More

Image stitching is challenging in consumer-level photography, due to alignment difficulties in unconstrained shooting environment. Recent studies show that seam-cutting approaches can effectively relieve artifacts generated by local misalignment. Normally, seam-cutting is described in terms of energy minimization, however, few of existing methods consider human perception in their energy functions, which sometimes causes that a seam with minimum energy is not most invisible in the overlapping region. Read More

A few dark matter substructures have recently been detected in strong gravitational lenses though their perturbations of highly magnified images. We derive a characteristic scale for lensing perturbations and show that this is significantly larger than the perturber's Einstein radius. We show that the perturber's projected mass enclosed within this radius, scaled by the log-slope of the host galaxy's density profile, can be robustly inferred even if the inferred density profile and tidal radius of the perturber are biased. Read More

Autonomous driving has been the subject of increased interest in recent years both in industry and in academia. Serious efforts are being pursued to address legal, technical and logistical problems and make autonomous cars a viable option for everyday transportation. One significant challenge is the time and effort required for the verification and validation of the decision and control algorithms employed in these vehicles to ensure a safe and comfortable driving experience. Read More

While pyrochlore iridate thin films are theoretically predicted to possess a variety of emergent topological properties, experimental verification of these predictions can be obstructed by the challenge in thin film growth. Here we report on the pulsed laser deposition and characterization of thin films of a representative pyrochlore compound Bi2Ir2O7. The films were epitaxially grown on yttria-stabilized zirconia substrates and have lattice constants that are a few percent larger than that of the bulk single crystals. Read More

As the first paper in a series on the study of the galaxy-galaxy lensing from Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 7 (SDSS DR7), we present our image processing pipeline that corrects the systematics primarily introduced by the Point Spread Function (PSF). Using this pipeline, we processed SDSS DR7 imaging data in $r$ band and generated a background galaxy catalog containing the shape information of each galaxy. Based on our own shape measurements of the galaxy images from SDSS DR7, we extract the galaxy-galaxy (GG) lensing signals around foreground spectroscopic galaxies binned in different luminosity and stellar mass. Read More

To investigate the environment of HII region Sh2-163 and search for evidence of triggered star formation in this region, we performed a multi-wavelength study of this HII region. Most of our data were taken from large-scale surveys: 2MASS, CGPS, MSX and SCUBA. We also made CO molecular line observations, using the 13. Read More

We have studied the physical and chemical properties of 18 southern Red Midcourse Space Experiment Sources (RMSs), using archival data taken from the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy, the Australia Telescope Compact Array, and the Millimeter Astronomy Legacy Team Survey at 90 GHz. Most of our sources have simple cometary/unresolved radio emissions at 4.8 and/or 8. Read More

We extend the difference analogue of Cartan's second main theorem for the case of slowly moving periodic hyperplanes, and introduce two different natural ways to find a difference analogue of the truncated second main theorem. As applications, we obtain a new Picard type theorem and difference analogues of the deficiency relation for holomorphic curves. Read More

In this work, by applying the redshift tomography method to Joint Light-curve Analysis (JLA) supernova sample, we explore the possible redshift-dependence of stretch-luminosity parameter $\alpha$ and color-luminosity parameter $\beta$. The basic idea is to divide the JLA sample into different redshift bins, assuming that $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are piecewise constants. Then, by constraining the $\Lambda$CDM model, we check the consistency of cosmology-fit results given by the SN sample of each redshift bin. Read More

Two empirical formulae for the lepton and quark masses (i.e. Kartavtsev's extended Koide formulae), $K_l=(\sum_l m_l)/(\sum_l\sqrt{m_l})^2=2/3$ and $K_q=(\sum_q m_q)/(\sum_q\sqrt{m_q})^2=2/3$, are explored in this paper. Read More

We consider a cognitive radio network scenario where a primary transmitter and a secondary transmitter, respectively, communicate a message to their respective primary receiver and secondary receiver over a packet-based wireless link, using a joint automatic-repeat-request (ARQ) error control scheme. The secondary transmitter assists in the retransmission of the primary message, which improves the primary performance, and is granted limited access to the transmission resources. Conventional ARQ, as well as two network-coding schemes are investigated for application in the retransmission phase; namely the static network-coding (SNC) scheme and the adaptive network-coding (ANC) scheme. Read More

The sample of cosmological strong lensing systems has been steadily growing in recent years and with the advent of the next generation of space-based survey telescopes, the sample will reach into the thousands. The accuracy of strong lens models relies on robust identification of multiple image families of lensed galaxies. For the most massive lenses, often more than one background galaxy is magnified and multiply-imaged, and even in the cases of only a single lensed source, identification of counter images is not always robust. Read More

Characterization of the morphology of strongly lensed galaxies is challenging because images of such galaxies are typically highly distorted. Lens modeling and source plane reconstruction is one approach that can provide reasonably undistorted images from which morphological measurements can be made, although at the expense of a highly spatially variable telescope PSF when mapped back to the source plane. Unfortunately, modeling the lensing mass is a time and resource intensive process, and in many cases there are too few constraints to precisely model the lensing mass. Read More

Gravitational lensing has become one of the most powerful tools available for investigating the 'dark side' of the universe. Cosmological strong gravitational lensing, in particular, probes the properties of the dense cores of dark matter halos over decades in mass and offers the opportunity to study the distant universe at flux levels and spatial resolutions otherwise unavailable. Studies of strongly-lensed variable sources offer yet further scientific opportunities. Read More

The Weyl tensor is the trace-free part of the Riemann tensor. Therefore, it is independent of the energy-momentum tensor and is thus not linked to the dynamics of gravitational fields. In this paper, we explore its possible thermodynamical property (i. Read More

Consider a binary classification problem in which the learner is given a labeled training set, an unlabeled test set, and is restricted to choosing exactly $k$ test points to output as positive predictions. Problems of this kind---{\it transductive precision@$k$}---arise in information retrieval, digital advertising, and reserve design for endangered species. Previous methods separate the training of the model from its use in scoring the test points. Read More

Shafieloo ea al. firstly proposed the possibility that the current cosmic acceleration (CA) is slowing down. However, this is rather counterintuitive because a slowing down CA cannot be accommodated in most mainstream cosmological models. Read More

Let $P$ be an arbitrary finite partially ordered set. It will be proved that the number of edges of the order polytope ${\mathcal O}(P)$ is equal to that of the chain polytope ${\mathcal C}(P)$. Furthermore, it will be shown that the degree sequence of the finite simple graph which is the $1$-skeleton of ${\mathcal O}(P)$ is equal to that of ${\mathcal C}(P)$ if and only if ${\mathcal O}(P)$ and ${\mathcal C}(P)$ are unimodularly equivalent. Read More

We introduce a new kind of quantum measurement that is defined to be symmetric in the sense of uniform Fisher information across a set of parameters that injectively represent pure quantum states in the neighborhood of a fiducial pure state. The measurement is locally informationally complete---i.e. Read More

We show that if $X$ is a limit of $n$-dimensional Riemannian manifolds with Ricci curvature bounded below and $\gamma$ is a limit geodesic in $X$ then along the interior of $\gamma$ same scale measure metric tangent cones $T_{\gamma(t)}X$ are H\"older continuous with respect to measured Gromov-Hausdorff topology and have the same dimension in the sense of Colding-Naber. Read More

Dark energy is investigated from the perspective of quantum cosmology. It is found that, together with an appropriate normal ordering factor $q$, only when there is dark energy then can the cosmological wave function be normalized. This interesting observation may require further attention. Read More

Given two families $X$ and $Y$ of integral polytopes with nice combinatorial and algebraic properties, a natural way to generate new class of polytopes is to take the intersection $\mathcal{P}=\mathcal{P}_1\cap\mathcal{P}_2$, where $\mathcal{P}_1\in X$, $\mathcal{P}_2\in Y$. Two basic questions then arise: 1) when $\mathcal{P}$ is integral and 2) whether $\mathcal{P}$ inherits the "old type" from $\mathcal{P}_1, \mathcal{P}_2$ or has a "new type", that is, whether $\mathcal{P}$ is unimodularly equivalent to some polytope in $X\cup Y$ or not. In this paper, we focus on the families of order polytopes and chain polytopes and create a new class of polytopes following the above framework, which are named order-chain polytopes. Read More

The United Nations released official probabilistic population projections (PPP) for all countries for the first time in July 2014. These were obtained by projecting the period total fertility rate (TFR) and life expectancy at birth ($e_0$) using Bayesian hierarchical models, yielding a large set of future trajectories of TFR and $e_0$ for all countries and future time periods to 2100, sampled from their joint predictive distribution. Each trajectory was then converted to age-specific mortality and fertility rates, and population was projected using the cohort-component method. Read More

Many believe that in-field hardware faults are too rare in practice to justify the need for Logic Built-In Self-Test (LBIST) in a design. Until now, LBIST was primarily used in safety-critical applications. However, this may change soon. Read More

Inspired by the multiverse scenario, we study a heterotic dark energy model in which there are two parts, the first being the cosmological constant and the second being the holographic dark energy, thus this model is named the $\Lambda$HDE model. By studying the $\Lambda$HDE model theoretically, we find that the parameters $d$ and $\Omega_{hde}$ are divided into a few domains in which the fate of the universe is quite different. We investigate dynamical behaviors of this model, and especially the future evolution of the universe. Read More

We explore the cosmological consequences of interacting dark energy (IDE) models using the SNLS3 supernova samples. In particular, we focus on the impacts of different SNLS3 light-curve fitters (LCF) (corresponding to "SALT2", "SiFTO", and "Combined" sample). Firstly, making use of the three SNLS3 data sets, as well as the Planck distance priors data and the galaxy clustering data, we constrain the parameter spaces of three IDE models. Read More

We study noncollapsing sequences of integral current spaces $(X_j,d_j,T_j)$ with no boundary such that $(X_j,d_j)$ are Alexandrov spaces with nonnegative curvature and diameter uniformly bounded from above and such that the integral current structure $T_j$ has weight $1$. We prove that for such sequences, the Gromov-Hausdorff and Sormani-Wenger Intrinsic Flat limits agree. Read More

Our universe hosts various large-scale structures from voids to galaxy clusters, so it would be interesting to find some simple and reasonable measure to describe the inhomogeneities in the universe. We explore two different methods for this purpose: the Kullback-Leibler entropy and the Weyl curvature tensor. These two quantities characterize the deviation of the actual distribution of matter from the unperturbed background. Read More

Bipartite ranking aims to learn a real-valued ranking function that orders positive instances before negative instances. Recent efforts of bipartite ranking are focused on optimizing ranking accuracy at the top of the ranked list. Most existing approaches are either to optimize task specific metrics or to extend the ranking loss by emphasizing more on the error associated with the top ranked instances, leading to a high computational cost that is super-linear in the number of training instances. Read More

This work is an attempt to discover hidden structural configurations in learning activity sequences of students in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Leveraging combined representations of video clickstream interactions and forum activities, we seek to fundamentally understand traits that are predictive of decreasing engagement over time. Grounded in the interdisciplinary field of network science, we follow a graph based approach to successfully extract indicators of active and passive MOOC participation that reflect persistence and regularity in the overall interaction footprint. Read More

A variation of Affleck-Dine mechanism was proposed to generate the observed baryon asymmetry in [1], in which the inflaton was assumed to be a complex scalar field with a weakly broken $U(1)$ symmetry, and the baryon asymmetry generation was easily unified with the stage of inflation and reheating. We adapt this mechanism to natural inflation scenarios and compare the results with those in chaotic inflation models. We compute the net particle number obtained at the end of inflation and transform it into net baryon number after reheatings. Read More

In this work, we explore video lecture interaction in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which is central to student learning experience on these educational platforms. As a research contribution, we operationalize video lecture clickstreams of students into cognitively plausible higher level behaviors, and construct a quantitative information processing index, which can aid instructors to better understand MOOC hurdles and reason about unsatisfactory learning outcomes. Our results illustrate how such a metric inspired by cognitive psychology can help answer critical questions regarding students' engagement, their future click interactions and participation trajectories that lead to in-video & course dropouts. Read More

Edge polytopes is a class of interesting polytope with rich algebraic and combinatorial properties, which was introduced by Ohsugi and Hibi. In this papar, we follow a previous study on cutting edge polytopes by Hibi, Li and Zhang. Instead of focusing on the algeraic properties of the subpolytopes as the previous study, in this paper, we take a closer look on the graphs whose edge polytopes are decomposable. Read More

Cutting a polytope is a very natural way to produce new classes of interesting polytopes. Moreover, it has been very enlightening to explore which algebraic and combinatorial properties of the orignial polytope are hereditary to its subpolytopes obtained by a cut. In this work, we put our attention to all the seperating hyperplanes for some given polytope (integral and convex) and study the existence and classification of such hyperplanes. Read More

We prove a Lipschitz-Volume rigidity theorem for the non-collapsed Gromov-Hausdorff limits of manifolds with Ricci curvature bounded from below. This is a counterpart of the Lipschitz-Volume rigidity in Alexandrov geometry. Read More

We introduce a notion of probabilistic convexity and generalize some classical globalization theorems in Alexandrov geometry. A weighted Alexandrov's lemma is developed as a basic tool. Read More

The half-open hypersimplex $\Delta'_{n,k}$ consists of those $x = (x_{1}, \ldots, x_{n}) \in[0,1]^n$ with $k-1Read More

Background: With the fast development of next generation sequencing technologies, increasing numbers of genomes are being de novo sequenced and assembled. However, most are in fragmental and incomplete draft status, and thus it is often difficult to know the accurate genome size and repeat content. Furthermore, many genomes are highly repetitive or heterozygous, posing problems to current assemblers utilizing short reads. Read More

Registers with Non-Linear Update (RNLUs) are a generalization of Non-Linear Feedback Shift Registers (NLFSRs) in which both, feedback and feedforward, connections are allowed and no chain connection between the stages is required. In this paper, a new algorithm for constructing RNLUs generating a given binary sequence is presented. Expected size of RNLUs constructed by the presented algorithm is proved to be O(n/log(n/p)), where n is the sequence length and p is the degree of parallelization. Read More

An inflationary model in the framework of noncommutative space-time may generate a nontrivial running of the scalar spectral index, but usually induces a large tensor-to-scalar ratio simultaneously. With the latest observational data from the Planck mission, we reexamine the inflationary scenarios in a noncommutative space-time. We find that either the running of the spectral index is tiny compared with the recent observational result, or the tensor-to-scalar ratio is too large to allow a sufficient number of $e$-folds. Read More

Given an equilateral triangle with $a$ the square of its side length and a point in its plane with $b$, $c$, $d$ the squares of the distances from the point to the vertices of the triangle, it can be computed that $a$, $b$, $c$, $d$ satisfy $3(a^2+b^2+c^2+d^2)=(a+b+c+d)^2$. This paper derives properties of quadruples of nonnegative integers $(a,\, b,\, c,\, d)$, called triangle quadruples, satisfying this equation. It is easy to verify that the operation generating $(a,\, b,\, c,\, a+b+c-d)$ from $(a,\, b,\, c,\, d)$ preserves this feature and that it and analogous ones for the other elements can be represented by four matrices. Read More

This paper presents a new feedback shift register-based method for embedding deterministic test patterns on-chip suitable for complementing conventional BIST techniques for in-field testing. Our experimental results on 8 real designs show that the presented approach outperforms the bit-flipping approach by 24.7% on average. Read More

In this paper, we generalize the algorithm described by Rump and Graillat, as well as our previous work on certifying breadth-one singular solutions of polynomial systems, to compute verified and narrow error bounds such that a slightly perturbed system is guaranteed to possess an isolated singular solution within the computed bounds. Our new verification method is based on deflation techniques using smoothing parameters. We demonstrate the performance of the algorithm for systems with singular solutions of multiplicity up to hundreds. Read More

In the 12CO (J=1-0) survey for the 1331 cold IRAS sources 214 sources show profiles with multiple-peak profiles and are selected as cloud-cloud collision candidates. In January 2005, 201 sources are detected with 12CO(1-0), 13CO(1-0), and C18O(1-0) emission by the 13.7m telescope at Purple Mount Observatory. Read More